May 142018
 
Afro Caribbean Weekend Fest

Broward County Libraries and the City of Hallandale Beach are searching for storytellers ready to win spectacular prizes at The Afro-Caribbean Weekend Fest, #HBCaribbeanFest. The storytelling contest will be held on the festival’s second day, Saturday, June 16th from 2 to 6PM at the Hallandale Beach Library, 300 S Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

Grand Prize winner of the Story Slam will receive a one-night weekend stay in a waterview deluxe room at The Diplomat Beach Resort (valued at $500) and a gift card to a local merchant. Second- and third-place winners will receive gift packages from West Elm (valued at $150 each) and a gift card to a local merchant.

The June 16th, Saturday afternoon Story Slam will be a competition held from 2 to 4PM between seven preselected storytellers on the theme of “Island Spice.” Novice or professional, come tell your personal, true story that is five to seven minutes in length. Stories can span the wide range of human experience, from the utterly silly to the deeply profound. A panel of three judges will choose the winners based on presentation, emotional impact and story structure.

The Afro-Caribbean Fest is a free festival to celebrate the diversity of Afro-Caribbean voices, culture and cuisine. Like the storytelling competition, the festival theme is “Island Spice” and the crowd will be treated to a powerful dose coming from authentic Caribbean food truck and street vendors, the Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers, Resurrection Steel Drum Band and DJ Johnnie Powell.

Festival goers will experience virtual reality demos, a healthy food demo by Flipany, live music and dynamic, interactive storytelling. The June 15th, Friday festival night, featuring an interactive storytelling journey with Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis, takes place from 6 to 8PM at the Foster Park Community Micro-Library, located at 609 NW 6th Ave, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

To tell a story at the event contest, submit your story online in advance for preselection at: worldandeye.com/storyslam or call Jeanie Minuchin at 954-540-9897 or contact Helen Reynolds at 954-279-0994 or [email protected] You can also follow the Story Slam on Facebook.

The event is co-sponsored by Broward County Libraries and the City of Hallandale Beach. Additional sponsorship and support is provided by World and Eye Arts Center, West Elm, The Diplomat Beach Resort, and Friends of Hallandale Beach Library.

Afro-Caribbean Weekend Fest

May 062018
 

While it would be impossible to list every restaurant in and around Fort Lauderdale that is offering a special menu for this Sunday May 13th, aka Mother’s Day, we do feel a certain connection to the ones which support the local live music community. We have, therefore, compiled below a list of specific restaurants with Mother’s Day menu offerings in addition to an hour by hour listing of live music from Hollywood to West Palm Beach.  mothers day

Live entertainment at Fishtales on 33rd starting at 3pm with Roy Michaels inside and Billy Bones outside followed by Big City from 8 till Midnight. Call for reservations (954) 689-2344.

mothers-day boca raton

Mothers Day Hard Rock Cafe

Let the Hard Rock Cafe help you make this Mother’s Day special with delicious authentic creations, handcrafted by artists formerly known as chefs for the ladies we love. Make your reservation today.

Two Georges Deerfield

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day on the Intracoastal Waterway at Two Georges at The Cove! Watch the boats Cruise by while enjoying Mother’s Day Specials: Chicken Chesapeake Bearnaise, Lobster & Shrimp Risotto, Prime Rib of Beef, Fresh Catch of the Day, as well as, our Regular Menu. Call Early for Reservations (954) 421-9272

Live Music Around Town on Mother’s Day

May 022018
 
Starlight Musicals 2018

Every summer, the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department presents the Starlight Musicals Concert Series at Holiday Park, located off Federal Hwy and Sunrise Blvd, minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale. For 39 years, these free outdoor concerts have provided a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends. The series features an exciting lineup of bands covering pop, country, rhythm and blues, tropical rock, and more. The shows take place Friday nights beginning June 8 and continuing through August 10, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the football field at Holiday Park, located at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

This year in honor of Starlight Musicals’ 40th Anniversary, the concert scheduled has been extended to 10 weeks – two additional weeks from previous years. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park.

2018 Bank of America Entertainment Schedule

June 8th ~ Valerie Tyson Band (R & B / Soul)

June 15th ~ Andrew Morris Band (Country)

June 22nd ~ Curbstone (TropRock)

June 29th ~ RD Project (Latin)

July 6th ~ Across the Universe (Beatles)

July 13th ~ Stall 4 (Tribute to 80s Rock )

July 20st ~ Pocket Change (Funk / Dance)

July 27th ~ Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways (Tropical Rock / Jimmy Buffett)

August 3rd ~ Brass Evolution (Classic Rock with Horns)

August 10th ~ Shane Duncan (Ultimate Party Band)

No Smoking Zone

In order to accommodate all of our guests we will continue with our No Smoking Zone this year, which is located on the south side of the field.

Non-Profit Awareness & Food Drives

Each week, Bank of America features a non-profit group to raise awareness of their program and goals. We also collect food donations for people and animals in need. Please help Bank of America support these worthy causes. Our goal is to surpass last year’s totals. If every person brought a food item each week, think of the impact we could make! Let’s try for 2,000 items. Non-perishable food donations will benefit The Pantry of Broward and Life Net 4 Families. Pet food donations will benefit Abandoned Pet Rescue.

More Info

For more information, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/starlight-musicals.  You may also call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at (954) 828-5363,  especially to check on the event status in case of inclement weather.

Starlight Musicals 2018

May 022018
 
Summer in the City

The City of Boca Raton, once again, presents Summer in the City at The Mizner Park Amphitheater with a series of free and ticketed concerts all summer long beginning Saturday May 12 and running through Saturday, August 11, 2018. The public is invited to bring their own blankets and chairs and pick a spot in front of the spacious stage located at Mizner Park in Boca Raton for FREE tribute concerts, mixed with fun and games beginning June 8th.. Gates open one hour before each concert.  Folding chairs may be rented for $5.  Food & Beverages will be available for sale. Take note that outside food and beverages and pets are not permitted. All bags will be inspected at the entrance.

SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE

MAY

Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat & The Livesays (ticketed, see link for more details)

Sunday, May 27th – LOTOS Music Festival (ticketed)

Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Concert featuring Shane Duncan Band and The Helmsmen (6pm)

Memorial Day Mizner ParkCelebrate Memorial Day with a free concert in the park featuring local indie musicians, the Helmsmen, and  south Florida country artists, the Shane Duncan Band. Attendees may indulge in food trucks, including Tucker Duke’s, and a beer garden featuring Boca Raton brewery, Barrel of Monks. The City of Boca Raton is once again teaming up with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a local non-profit, to offer an area at this event where attendees can write a letter to a soldier and where goods may be donated to create “We Care” packages to be sent to deployed soldiers. Please visit myboca.us/specialevents for full list of items applicable for donation.

JUNE

Friday, June 8th, 2018 – The Long Run A Tribute to The Eagles (8pm)

Friday, June 15th, 2018 – Crazy Fingers A Tribute To The Grateful Dead (8pm)

Friday, June 22nd, 2018- 80’s Throwback Game Night (no concert)

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – FAU Summer Concert Band (7pm)

Friday, June 29th, 2018 – Rocket Man Tribute to Elton John (8pm)

JULY

Tuesday, July 10th – 3 Doors Down + Collective Souls (ticketed)

Friday, July 13th, 2018- Liverpool Live A Tribute To The Beatles (8pm)

Friday, July 20th, 2018- 80’s Throwback Game Night (No Concert, 8pm)

Friday, July 27th, 2018- Dreams: Crystal Visions A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac (8pm)

AUGUST

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 – Purple Madness A Tribute To Prince (8pm)

Friday, August 10th, 2018 – Turnstiles A Tribute To Billy Joel (8pm)

Saturday, August 11th, 2018- Symphony Swing By Symphonia Boca Raton (8pm)

 

BEER GARDEN

During tribute band performances, visit the Beer Garden to sample a variety of craft beers, learn how to make your own, play games, and meet experts from Hollywood Brewery starting at 6:30pm. (21+ only)

Visit MiznerAmp.com for all ticket information or call (561) 544.8600

Apr 292018
 
Cheers Sunrise Cinco de Mayo

This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday which is both a boon and a bust for area bars and restaurants and area musicians alike.  You see, if the 5th of May lands on a weekday, then an extra opportunity is usually created for a special event bringing in a crowd of customers  on, what otherwise, might be a slow night for business.  On the other hand, consumers win out with an overwhelming number of choices due to every regularly scheduled Saturday event suddenly becoming an opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

In order to put together this list, we scoured social media resources, our email, our previous years’ blogs and the entire internet for Cinco de Mayo events at local area bars and restaurants from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach to share here with you – not an easy task when most of them are only announced just a few days before May 5th, so please check back often as we add to this list daily.

BROWARD (Cities around Fort Lauderdale)

Cheers Sunrise Cinco de Mayo

Fistful of Dollars

Tuxedo Jesus May 5

Roll the Stones

O’Malley’s Sports Bar in Margate is throwing a party of it’s own featuring live music by Tuxedo Jesus and  $2 tacos, $5 cuervos, 4 single Coronas, $16 buckets.

Cheers Sunrise is celebrating with $3 Margaritas, $3 Dos Equis Amber drafts, $3 Tecate and Tecate light and live music by Rough Shot!

Tatts & Tacos in Oakland Park is throwing yet another one of their infamous block parties – this time on Cinco de Mayo  with Live Music, DJ, and Live Entertainment.  Kids can enjoy the Kids Zone with a bounce house & free face painting. Beer tastings from a variety of local craft breweries. Complimentary shots throughout the night, authentic Mexican tacos and food, tequila, free henna tattoos, raffles and giveaways and much more.  Live music by Sumter followed by Spank the Band starting at 6:30pm.

Also known for their block parties, Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs won’t disappoint this annual event.  After all, they have had lots of practice!  This year’s block part promises kids activities, giveaways, Coronas, Legendary Margaritas, Tacos & Tequila, face painting, and a huge stage for DJ Rob Booke starting at 4pm followed by  Justin Enco & The Poor Life Decisions Band 8pm-Midnight. A $5 cover from 7pm till close benefits The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.  Their new location in Deerfield Beach will also be celebrating with DJ Monsta.

Unleash your inner party animal and celebrate “Coco de Mayo” in style ​at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Saturday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. In the courtyard between NYY Steak and Sorrisi, guests will enjoy Patrón-spiked margaritas, Mexican street food, a live mariachi band, and nonstop entertainment. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event.  Continue the celebration inside any of the 3 live music venues inside the casino starting at 8pm with Melinda Elena at NYY Legends Lounge, Mouth Tape at The Nectar Lounge, and the About Sunday Band at the Sunset Grill outdoor cafe.

More live music events from our hour by hour calendar:

  • 12-4pm Jessie Thompson & Jimi Fiano at Shooter’s Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale
  • 5 – 8pm Cruzin’ Duo at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale
  • 6 – 11:55pm SPANK the band at Tatts and Tacos in Oakland Park *
  • 6 – 10pm Walter Williams at Buster’s Doughboys & Clam Cakes in Plantation
  • 7 – 11pm Live Music Showcase at The Portly Pig Gastropub in Dania Beach
  • 7 – 10pm Danny Olalla at Grand Pelican Resort in Fort Lauderdale
  • 7:30 – 10:30pm Dave Rapollo at Chuck’s Steak House in Fort Lauderdale
  • 7:30 – 9:30pm Roll the Stones (Tribute) at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach
  • 8 – 12am King Colton & The Chrome Skulls at Spanx The Hog in Pompano Beach
  • 8 – 12am Robbie Williams at Murphy’s Tavern in Fort Lauderdale
  • 8 – 12am The Mischiefs Band at Marina-84 in Fort Lauderdale *
  • 8 – 12am The Poor Life Decisions Band at Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs *$
  • 9 – 1am Sippin’ Fire at Dive Bar Fort Lauderdale
  • 9 – 1am High Fidelity at Johnny O’Brian’s Irish Pub in Coconut Creek
  • 9 – 1am Tuxedo Jesus at O’Malley’s Sports Bar in Margate *
  • 9 – 1am Bounce at Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point
  • 9:30 – 1:30am Audio Tramp at Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach
  • 9:30 – 1:30am Hangin with Brodie at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale
  • 10-3am Rough Shot at Cheers Sunrise
  • 10-4am Zero Point Zero at Cheers Fort Lauderdale
  • 10-2am The Klik at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood

Other events of interest on Cinco de Mayo:

Air Show Displays Open

The Ford Lauderdale Air Show displays and exhibits located on State Road A1A north of Sunrise Blvd will feature simulators, interactive exhibits, and much more. The displays will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free Comic Book Day at Lauderdale Comics

Each year, thousands of participating stores give over six million comic books to millions of fans to introduce them to the wonders of comics.  This is the 2nd year Lauderdale Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day, offering the community a fun, family-oriented event where everyone can find a comic they’ll enjoy. Grab a photo with Local Cosplayers, check out art from Local Artists and grab a bite from Superheroes of Florida while you wait! Come dressed as your favorite character and enter our costume Contest and enter your name to win exciting prizes in our FCBD Raffle!

Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 11am and runs until 7pm at Lauderdale Comics 1929 S Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316. Call 954-530-6722, visit www.lauderdalecomics.com, or follow @LauderdaleComics on Facebook & Instagram for more information.

PALM BEACH (Boca Raton to West Palm Beach)

Hour by Hour Listings can be found on the Live Music Calendar for Boca-Delray-Palm Beach.

In The Light of Led Zeppelin presents an Evening of Page & Plant at The Lyric Theater  in Stuart (Ticketed Event)

Pipers Cinco de Mayo

Spicy Avocado Margarita

Tucked in the Hilton West Palm Beach, the art-infused hot spot will be serving up delicious bites and craft cocktails like the Spicy Avocado Margarita ($12), starring Sauza Silver tequila, Hum Hibiscus liqueur, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, muddled ginger, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and garnished with a sprinkle of chili pepper.  

Agave lovers will have their hands full with the Huckleberry Finn Margarita ($12), a delicious, spirited romp of top-shelf 1800 Reposado tequila, Hum hibiscus liqueur, Huckleberry syrup, lime juice, raw sugar syrup, and an edible flower to nibble on.

Galley at Hilton West Palm Beach is located at 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight (Bar), and 5-10 p.m. (Dinner); Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. (Bar), and 5-11 p.m. (Dinner); and Sunday, 4 p.m.-midnight (Bar), and 5-10 p.m. (Dinner).

Apr 192018
 
sherry palmer

For most of us in the music community, April 18th, 2018 was the day we found out that the co-owner of Chit Chats Bar, Sherry Palmer, was found dead at her home only a mile away from her beloved bar she owned and managed with her husband Pat Palmer.  The cause of her death was under mysterious circumstances and it’s too early to know exactly what happened on that dreadful day but the news of her passing, no matter which story you heard in whispers or via Facebook posts, was nonetheless shocking.

The name Sherry Palmer and Chit Chats Bar were synonymous.  You could not have one without the other.  The neighborhood bar, located off Federal Highway in Pompano Beach was a haven for locals to hang out after work, a place where bikers could stop on their “poker” runs, where bands could take over a stage and rock the night away or be a destination for anyone who didn’t want to go home after a concert next door at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.

Everyone who is familiar with Chit Chats Bar and Sherry Palmer has their own stories to tell.  My stories are memorialized in the many photos I have taken over the past 8 years during my visits during Wednesday “bike nites” with live music and free BBQ outside the front door or during special celebrations, fundraisers or unfortunately, memorials, that Sherry was best known for organizing for so many in both the music and biker communities.

In addition to all the parties she threw for people she cared for (and that was a lot of people), another example of Sherry Palmer’s conscientiousness that comes to mind was how she converted the bar to non-smoking on band nights so that singers would not have to inhale tobacco fumes while singing their lungs out as well as being more inviting to fans of the band who didn’t care for a smoke-filled bar. She, herself, was a non-smoker and would have liked to make this a permanent decision but as usual, she wanted to please everyone.

In June of 2016, there was community outrage when news came that that the landlord of the strip mall where Chit Chats Bar resided seemed to be doing everything in their power to push them out.  There was so much overwhelming support for Chit Chats that a big party was organized by friends and funds were raised to pay legal fees to help Chit Chats Bar fend off their landlord and stay where they were.  Read all about it in a past blog entitled  “A Community United for Chit Chats Bar

I recently heard that she was talking with the owner of a neighboring restaurant-bar to see if they would be able to hire the staff of Chit Chats if they closed because she did not think they could fight the legal battles much longer with their landlord.  That was just one more example of how much she cared about the people who worked for her.

Here’s a little known fact: Sherry Palmer was the first person to offer me money to take photos as guests arrived to her annual Breast Cancer charity event.  This prompted me to set up a bank account for Weekend Broward so I could accept a check with a company name rather than my own name and the rest is history!

While looking for a few photos to represent some of my highlight visits to Chit Chats Bar, I ended up with a slideshow instead.  I posted it today on my Facebook Timeline.  It wasn’t easy, but here are a few of the many many memories that will forever live in my heart as I look back at the good times I spent at Chit Chats Bar, with many thanks to Sherry Palmer.

Kisses for Cancer

Kisses for Cancer Bike Night

Celebration of Life for Scott Goodman of SLEJJ

Celebration of Life for Scott Goodman of SLEJJ

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day Party with Furious George

Holiday Toy Drive

Holiday Toy Drive (She offered a free drink for every customer that brought in donations)

 

 

 

 

Free Pies for Thanksgiving

Free Pies for Thanksgiving

Cindy Kosor

Saying goodbye to Cindy Kosor

So many birthday celebrations

fundraiser tshirts

Fundraiser & Memorial T shirts

Bike Night with Free BBQ

Bike Night with Free BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATES: At the time of this blog, funeral arrangements have not yet been made however a page has been set up by Dignity Memorial to which friends and family can add thoughts and well-wishes and ask to be notified of any new updates.  An article entitled “Husband killed owner of popular bar,Police say” appeared on Wednesday, April 25th in the Sun-Sentinel with more details about Sherry Palmer’s death.